Hey Grade 8′s!!

So here I am, a whole year later, STILL doing homework for Mr. Whattam… Just kidding guys 😉

Mr. Whattam asked if I would be kind and blog about life as a grade 9 so here it is.

My life as a grade 9.

Stairs.
Class
Homework
Stairs
Class
Homework
More stairs
Class
and finally
More homework!

I`m just kidding guys, though, those are all big parts of my day!

High school is a LOT like Lincoln but with some major differences. We have two semesters which basically means I have the same classes everyday. No trying to remember what day it is anymore! *fistpump* I can tell you off the top of my head how each of my days go. P1-Tech room 101 P2-Math room 201 P3- Food and Nutrition room 407 LUNCH! P4- Science room 317 and finally P5- MSIP room 205.

yes boys and girls, I got lucky enough to have a class on each and every floor of the school for first semester. Totally makes up for not having gym! 😉

Yeah okay, grade nines are crazy. Get used to it guys, your crazy too. I can promise you, everyone agrees with me.

One of my favourite differences between Lincoln and G.C.I is here at G.C.I. I have a class called MSIP, which I am sitting in right now, typing away on my net book. Because we have WIFI here 😀 MSIP stands for…. ehrm… yeah ask Mr. Whattam. We just call it the much improved version of study hall. We can do any homework we have, we can doodle. You have the choice as long as your quiet. You meet loads of cool people, (MSIP is a mix of every grade) So basically, if I am having issues with my grade 9 math, I can ask a grade 11 who has already done it and understands to help me out. Its a pretty awesome system! And if it so happens that we need another teacher to explain it or want one on one so that the teacher can go more in depth with whatever it is that were not understanding, we are aloud a `travel pass` so we can go and talk to a teacher who can help us out, no more giving up lunches or after school 😀

So, I think that is a pretty detailed mix of how my life at high school is so far. I have NO doubt Mr. Whattam is going to pull this apart and have you guys edit it, I never claimed to be an editor. ;D

Have fun guys, enjoy being the top of the school. Join up and be yourself!

Talk to you kidletts later!

Sydney

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Is there a perfect society?

 Response journals topics can be found in the downloads in our class website.  You have a hard copy.

Remember to included the chapter number in the title of your post. One post and one comment is required for every three chapters.

Topics

Chapter1

Who do you think will be the main character of ‘The Giver”? What do you learn about him  in this Chapter 1?

Chapter 2

Describe the community in which Jonas lives. What would you enjoy about living there?What aspects of the community could you not live with?

Chapter 3 

How does the council know when someone breaks a rule? What was the purpose of the announcements made on page 23?

Chapter 23, The End

I don’t think that the ending of “The Giver” was a very good one since we don’t know what really happened to Jonas or Gabe since the book just ends with him sliding down a hill. Sure it leaves it open to whatever you want to happen, if you wanted them to live you could think that he actually Heard the Beyond, or you could think that they both didn’t have the strength to go on and they died. Either way I wasn’t very impressed with the ending.

Chapter 22-23 last post. #8

Do you think the story has a happy or sad ending? Explain your feelings.

I really don`t know I think the ending is ambiguous meaning the reader has to make his own iinterperation on what happens at the end. But, if I had to choose one it would be happy ending. I believe that it would be happy because Jonas and Gabe escape to0 “Elsewhere” and they were also reunited with the memories of snow, light and sleds that the Giver gave him, also with the memories of music, peace, joy, and freedom and they find a better place. all in all I believe that it`s a happy ending but thats my opinion. You guys should read the second book “Memories of the blue” it says the awnser atleast that is what I heard from my brother ( I don`t trust him). Also, it makes you kind of make your own ending.

The Giver Chapter- 20 & 23

Chapter 20-
The giver encourages Jonas to leave because he realizes after many years of following the rules of the community. “Having you here with me over the past year has made me realize that things need to change.” The giver wants things to change. He feels that Jonas can help the community be releasing all the memories. The giver won’t go with Jonas because he says “Together we take away all their protection from the memoires the community will be left with no one to help them, they will be thrown into chaos they will destroy themselves.” If he leaves the memoires will be released and the community and the community will be turned into turmoil.

Chapter-23
I actually think the ending has a disappointing and confusing ending. I didn’t know what was going ot happen but not that. I was confused about the music playing at the end, it seemed like it was just a memory that the giver had given him before his time to die, (music). She left it on a whim to have another book and I don’t know whether she does have another book. It’s a very, VERY confusing ending.

chapter 16! post 7 :)

Discuss Jonas reaction to the experience of love and what happened when he asked his parents about love.

The first time he experienced love was when the giver gave him the memory of the family and the kids under the tree with present.  Even though it didn’t say specifically that it was Christmas it led you to understand that it was. When he first got the memory he was confused about the grandparents because in his community there all together being taken care of not with their family. He was confused but he knew that he loved the feeling. Later when he got home at dinner time he asked him parents.” He made himself say the words, though he felt flushed with embarrassment.  He had rehearsed them in his mind all the way home from the Annex. Do you love me?”  Then Jonas mom started to explain to him that it was a “generalized word, Meaningless” even though Jonas knew that statement was very incorrect.  Jonas father said that he” enjoys him and that he takes pride in his accomplishment.” But love is an inappropriate word. He said he understood but he lied.

Chapter 22-23

I don’t think the ending of the story is happy or sad because it was just suddenly cut off. I was dissappointed to see it end like that. I would like to be able to know what happens to them, how Jonas’s old community reacted, if Jonas’s family got over his “loss” easily, and if they get a new receiver right away or not. Although, if I had to choose if it was a happy or sad ending, I would choose happy because Jonas and Gabe reached “Elsewhere”.

Chapter 20 (post 7)

The Giver encourages Jonas to leave so that the community can bear the burden of memories themselves instead of the receiver alone. Also, the Giver thinks the community will gain wisdom from the memories, like all of the receivers have. The only part of the Giver’s plan that scared Jonas is not being able to come back. He begged the Receiver to go with him so at least they could have each other, but the Giver refused. The Giver explained to him that after Rosemary’s release the few memories she had overwhelmed the community and that they panicked. With all the memories Jonas held, it would be hard for them to bear the pain and misery. The Giver then reminded Jonas of how he needed him when he first started his training and Jonas knew that, but he still wanted the Giver to come with him. Jonas even told the Giver that they didn’t need to care about the community, but they both knew they did. The Giver told him that even if he did go he wouldn’t make because he is too weak. Some quotes from the book are, “‘I think that they can, and that they will acquire some wisdom. But it will be desperately hard for them. When we lost Rosemary ten years ago, and her memories returned to the people, they panicked. And those were such few memories, compared to yours. When your memories return, they’ll need help. Remember how I helped you in the beginning, when the receiving of memories was new to you?’” and “‘Giver,’ Jonas suggested, ‘you and I don’t need to care about the rest of them.’”